No Utility Bills — Now Within Reach.

24 May 2010

Photo Credit: The Dow Chemical Vision Zero Home

Last week Dow Chemical announced the completion of what it is touting as Michigan’s first, affordable net-zero energy home.  A net-zero energy building generates at least as much energy as it consumes by requiring 60-70 percent less energy than conventional buildings through energy efficiency solutions, and acquiring the balance of its energy from renewable resources.

Dow, partnering with a local home builder, designed and constructed the 3,400-square-foot dwelling in Bay City that it has dubbed the “Vision Zero” home.  The house was constructed using readily available energy efficient technologies from Dow, including next generation insulation and air-sealing products, and solar shingles to generate solar power on the roof.  The home is expected to sell in the $300,000 range and save approximately $3,507 in energy costs annually.

Dow’s entrance into the areas of alternative energy and energy efficiency technologies is great news for the State — which seeks to become a national leader in clean energy and creating highly skilled green jobs.  Among other plans, Dow seeks to build a production facility for its solar shingles which could bring more than 1,200 jobs to the region.

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